Fluvanna Explains School Closing Process

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Monday morning's icy weather may not have looked like much, but it was just enough to put hundreds of kids out of school.

Fluvanna County had every intention of having class Monday morning, but after administrators had trouble driving through the slush, they knew it could have made for a disastrous morning drive.

Initially, Fluvanna was on a two-hour delay, but made the call just before 8:00 a.m. to close completely. While some parents may be frustrated by the timing, the school system stands by its decision.

As protocol, administrators will keep an eye on the forecast 36 to 48 hours in advance. Director of Operations Tom Patrick was in communication with the transportation supervisor, Virginia Department Of Transportation, and the superintendent before hitting the roads himself.

Usually, between 3:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. he will start driving around the county, particularly looking at the secondary roads.  Patrick says he lost traction on three different roads this morning.

"Road surface temperatures were dropping, particularly in Kents Store and couple of areas in Troy, and the water that was on the ground started to freeze, and we couldn't guarantee that in the next hour temperatures would rise," said Patrick.  

Administrators have until 8:15 a.m. to make a decision in order to maintain a two-hour delay.

This is the third day students have been out of class because of bad weather. Students will not have to make up Monday. There are five inclement weather days built into the calendar, and Monday was the fifth.